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Ice Plant
Evergreen, Ground covers, Perennials

From South Africa. Most of the ice plants with large, brilliant flowers belong to this genus, which includes plants formerly called Oscularia. Plants are fleshy, erect or trailing, woody at base. Select in bloom for the color you want. Cut back lightly after bloom to eliminate fruit capsules, encourage new leafy growth. Good at seashore. Flowers attract bees.

Lampranthus blandus (photo courtesy of K-Pix/Alamy)
Lampranthus blandus (photo courtesy of K-Pix/Alamy)

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Lampranthus blandus

Grows to 6 in. high. Leaves look like agglomerations of tiny green pyramids. Flowers are pale pink daisies.

Lampranthus spectabilis
Lampranthus spectabilis

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Lampranthus spectabilis

Sprawling or trailing to 1 ft. high and 1 1/2–2 ft. wide. Three-sided gray-green leaves. Planting becomes a carpet of gleaming color from late winter to spring, when the 2–2 1/2-in.-wide, pink, rose pink, red, or purple flowers are in bloom.

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